Football Hustlers

It was a Victorian football sensation. Five British players were missing, presumed poached by a mysterious agent for a brand new American League of Professional Football (ALPF) – the first professional football league outside of Britain, and soon regarded as “a huge mistake, a fiasco, and a total failure”.

 

The birth of the fan

How did we become football fans? Many of us can trace the lineage of our support through our fathers, our grandfathers and so on. But association football has only been around for 150 years. At some point, perhaps six or seven generations ago, our ancestors discovered and embraced the emerging game.

 

The First Columnist

The world of Victorian football writers is a fascinating one, as you’ll be aware if you’ve ever had cause to search through 19th-century newspaper archives for news of matches from the game’s formative years. These often anonymous individuals were occasionally afforded pen names, such as Goal-Post…